Cries of fascism and dictatorship are often overblown. Not so in the case of Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate “states in rebellion.”
Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should “declare a national emergency” and take “extra-constitutional” action “administratively” — without the approval of Congress — to tackle unemployment.
“I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past,” Jackson said. “He’s looking administratively for ways to advance the causes of the American people, because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.”
Let’s put aside the disgustingly unconstitutional piece of advice for one second, and concentrate on Jackon’s economic plan. He actually wants to pay the unemployed – to do what exactly? – and at $40,000 per head. That comes out to $600,000,000,000 – that’s 600 Billion dollars. And that’s only if we go with the 15 million number for unemployed. That figure is undoubtedly a low-ball figure of the number of Americans actually unemployed. In reality we’d most likely have to double that figure and then some. So Jackson is suggesting that we simply pony up over a trillion dollars a year to guarantee full employment. And again, what are we employing these people to do?
The more important issue is that Jackson considers mere political opposition to a favored policy to be, in effect, treason. That’s right, anyone who dares disagree with the Obamamessiah is an active rebel against the United States government. And, since those people opposing Obama were elected to office – and, by the way, were elected more recently than Obama – isn’t Jackson implying that a majority of the people of the United States are in active rebellion? Good to know what Jackson thinks of his fellow countrymen.
In the end, Jackson wants to crush out dissent and utilize the machinery of the state to co-opt the marketplace and guarantee certain economic outcomes. Gee, if only there were a word to describe this kind of desired polity.
But remember, the tea partiers are extremists.
H/t: Creative Minority Report.
In days long past, Rev. Jessie Jackson was a passionate and outspoken opponent of abortion. Here I present, in full, Jackson’s 1977 article, “How we respect life is the overriding moral issue”. There are some strange typos that I have edited. I wanted to point out in advance, as well, the most excellent conclusion for those who aren’t going to bother to read the whole thing:
[S]uppose one is so hard-hearted and so in-different to life until he assumes that there is nothing for which to be forgiven. What happens to the mind of a person, and the moral fabric of a nation, that accepts the aborting of the life of a baby without a pang of conscience? What kind of a person, and what kind of a society will we have 20 years hence if life can be taken so casually?